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Mind-Body Symposium – May 16-17

Healing Hearts, Minds & Bodies

Keys to Mental & Emotional Wellbeing and Pathways to Getting There

Dr. James S. Gordon, MD

James S. Gordon, MD

Rethinking Psychiatry and Chitari Foundation announce their May 16 &17 Mind-Body Symposium featuring keynote speaker Dr. James Gordon, Harvard educated psychiatrist and world renowned expert in using mind body medicine to heal depression, anxiety and psychological trauma.

Professional Continuing Education Credits available

The symposium will be an inclusive forum for mind-body and mental health professionals, individuals and organizations seeking to learn more about holistic and integrative mind-body treatment options and services for mental and emotional wellbeing.    Download flyer

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2014 Rethinking Psychiatry Film Festival

projectorApril 2  to April 30, 7-9 PM

An array of films chosen and presented by eight different organizations advocating for and supporting mental wellness in our society.  Click here for complete schedule.

Inpatient Hospitalization: A Crisis in Crisis Care -March 19, 2014

Jonathan Keyes, LPC

Jonathan Keyes, LPC

Our guest speaker at Rethinking Psychiatry’s March 19th monthly meeting will be Jon Keyes.  Jon will talk about reforming our approach to helping people who are going through a mental health crisis.  He will critique our current process of inpatient hospitalization and discuss improving and creating positive holistic alternatives.

Jon is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and certified Health Coach.  He works as a holistic mental health therapist in his private practice, Hearthside Healing in Portland, OR. He also works as a therapist at Adventist Medical Center, dealing with individuals at their deepest levels of mental health crises.  Jon is a contributing writer for Mad in America, and is very articulate, informed and passionate about rethinking psychiatry.

Call for Proposals for 2014 Symposium

Healing Hearts, Minds and Bodies

This year we are partnering with The Chitari Foundation for our 2014 symposium on May 16 & 17.  We will be offering a rich array of workshops covering many aspects of as many holistic healing as possible. If you are interested in presenting we invite you to apply.  If  you know others who might be interested in sharing their healing modalities please pass this along to them.  Applications must be submitted by March 22.  If you have questions please call Marcia Meyers 503-665-3957.

Click here to download application (pdf)

Big Pharma buys influence in Oregon Legislature

phrmacashInformation just released by The Lund Report reveals that pharmaceutical companies spent nearly half a million dollars since 2011 to influence elections and legislation in the Oregon State Legislature.  Top donors to political campaigns include the world’s largest drug company, Pfizer (maker of Zoloft and Xanax), and Eli Lilly, the world’s largest manufacturer of psychiatric medications (maker of Prozac).

Recipients of Pharma campaign contributions include members of the Senate & House leadership, and members of key committees.  The report concludes Big Pharma got its money’s worth.   Read the full report here.

 

Ron Unger Seminars Rescheduled – Feb 21-22, 2014

Ron Unger LCSWDue to winter weather, the last two of Ron Unger’s seminar series at Portland State University have been rescheduled.

Mr. Unger is a licensed clinical social worker and therapist who works with people diagnosed with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, using a respectful and skill building approach called cognitive therapy for psychosis.  The seminars include:

February 21, 2014Exploring Ethical Dilemmas related to Diagnosis, Drugs, and other Possibly Iatrogenic Aspects of Mental Health Care

February 22, 2014Addressing Spiritual Issues Within Bipolar and Psychosis

These will be available to professionals for continuing education credit.  The above links will take you to pages with information on each course and an “add to cart” option that allows you to register.  The seminars will also be available to Portland State students for graduate credit as a package, under the course name “The Recovery Revolution in Mental Health: New Approaches for Serious Disorders.

For more information email 4ronunger at gmail.com, or phone 541-513-1811.

Beyond Soteria Followup – Feb 19, 2014

Next Step Meeting – Financing & Participation

Beyond Soteria is a project of those interested in creating a place for withdrawing from psychiatric drugs and restoring wellness.

If you are curious, or interested in contributing ideas, support, finances, or just encouragement please join us this Wednesday, Feb 19,  6:00pm at the Portland Unitarian Church.  You can also participate in the meeting by phone.  Dial 712-775-7300, then enter 679963#.

Foster Youth & the Mental Health System
Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014

What works and what doesn’t?

Ke'onte Cooke testifies before Congressinal committee on the misuse of psychotropic drugs on foster children.

Ke’onte Cook testifies before Congress on psychotropic drug misuse

A young person in foster care is 4.5 times more likely to be on psychotropic medications than youths not in foster care.  In some states, nearly 40% of all foster children are receiving psychotropic medications – often in doses higher than those recommended for adults.

Our featured guest speakers for February will include:

  • Stephen McCrea, Supervisor at the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children of Multnomah and Washington Counties
  • Pamela Butler, Program Director at the Oregon Foster Youth Connection
  • A panel of former foster youths advocating for change in the foster care system

Hear former foster youths tell about their experiences with the mental health system and foster care.  We hope you can join us to hear their stories, and to discuss how we can all better support this very vulnerable population.

Beyond Soteria – Jan. 15, 2014

Creating a Place for Withdrawing from Psychiatric Drugs & Restoring Wellness

Cindi Fisher, Founder of the M.O.M.S. Movement, and Grace Silvia, who worked at Soteria Alaska, will share their vision for a place for withdrawing from psychiatric drugs and restoring wellness.  They invite people who have come off meds, people who want to come off meds, family, friends and allies to share their experiences and build a common vision to take this dream into action!

Chitari

Dr. Satya Ambrose will introduce  her collaborative healing community, Chitari.  Chitari is a non-profit holistic healing center where the worlds of conventional and natural medicine meet to promote wellness of the body and spirit.

The Healing Paradox in Mental Health Treatment – Nov. 20, 2014

The Healing ParadoxJoin us at our November meeting for a presentation by psychiatrist and author, Dr. Steven Goldsmith.

“Treatment that fights disease as an adversary cannot cure mental illness.  Only treatment that accepts and allies with mental illness can help people cure themselves.” Steven Goldsmith, MD, author of The Healing Paradox: A Revolutionary Approach to Treating and Curing Physical and Mental Illness (North Atlantic Books, 2013) will discuss this central paradox as it pertains to mental health treatment, with descriptions of curative paradoxical treatments. Time permitting, he will read from a relevant portion of his book, with audience discussion and questions to follow.

Dr. Goldsmith received his M.D. from the Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons, is Board-certified in psychiatry, and has been affiliated with the Tufts University, Boston University, and New York University Schools of Medicine.  He maintains a practice In Portland emphasizing natural solutions for health problems.